Bill and Melinda Gates are the 2013 winners of the prestigious Lasker ̴Bloomberg Public Service Award, honoring their contributions to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. While today’s announcement focuses on the Gates’ accomplishments and leadership on the global health front, Communities Count would like to thank Bill and Melinda Gates for their continued commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable people locally as well. Their foundation supports programs to prevent toxic stress in childhood and increase opportunities for quality education, economic opportunity, and affordable housing – especially for the homeless. King County communities benefit tremendously from these efforts. From the home front, thank you, Bill and Melinda!